Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, and Rodrigo Londono, the top rebel commander signed a peace agreement on Monday evening in Cartagena to symbolically show the end of the 52 year old war in Colombia. A war that had death tolls up to 220,000 and displaced millions of Colombian people. While, celebrations are in order, this is the first step to ensuring peace in a war-rampant country. Now, the baton is passed to the Colombian people to ratify the peace agreement through a referendum vote expected to take place this coming Sunday. Based on the evidence of the polls that were drawn, the Colombian people are expected to come to a consensus by a large margin guaranteeing peace in their country between rebel groups.

For the Colombian people, this agreement of peace has been 52 years in the making and they are eager to settle the disagreements to end the unrest and war. The rebels and the Guerilla fighters are also preparing to lay down their weapons of rebellion and to take up a normal lives as upstanding members of the community. Despite the progress for peace, there remains one large downside – how will justice be served? Because of the agreement no justice will be served for the thousands of victims who lost their lives and the millions of people who lost their homes. This is something that the Colombians are aware of and will have to overcome. It may take years for the pains to be alleviated, but peace is on the horizon.

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